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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 205

The featured beer painting of the day is of Sunken Island IPA by Kenai River Brewing Co. I found this beer in a weird mixed six-pack of half Kenai River Sunken Island and half MSBC Sockeye Red at the Brown Jug Liquor Store in Anchorage, Alaska.

I’m not sure why this IPA is named Sunken Island, but I am imagining it is because when you are fishing in the Kenai River all the fish hang out in shallower spots. It’s funny when people try to catch them with lures, because the fish are not even thinking about eating anything. They are there for one reason, to spawn. That is why you might see some people wearing t-shirts that say, “Spawn ‘Til You Die!” Arguably not a bad way to go, and a natural part of the fish life cycle.

This beer was pretty good, it’s rating is 85 on Beer Advocate. I like the malt body and nice aroma. The beer hits you with grapefruit in the beginning and lingers out to a strong hop bitterness in the end. These guys dry hop, but don’t forget the bittering hops too! I found this one to be highly drinkable.

Cheers to the Sunken Island! Grab those fishies, then grab a cold one from the cooler to make space! Cheers to fishing the Kenai River!!! Kenai River Brewing, I want to paint live in your tasting room. I heard it is an awesome restaurant, but still haven’t made it there. I am hoping my schedule will allow a trip out in fall, or maybe even early August.

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Sunken Island IPA by Kenai River Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.24. Sunken Island IPA by Kenai River Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 174

Today’s beer painting is of Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Company.  This was the first smoked beer I had ever tasted.  The first release date for this particular beer is 1988, but I had my first one in probably 1999.  I was intrigued by the smoked concept, but didn’t get to try another smoked beer until 2001 when I came across a smoked porter by Stone Brewing Co.

A dark robust body, with pronounced smoked flavor, this beer pours out jet black with a creamy dark head.  The flavor makes me think of smoked salmon, hence the image in the background of this painting.  What could be more Alaskan (besides oil workers) than a Grizzly chowing down on Sockeye salmon?  This beer is good for aging in the bottle.  I bought this one pre-aged — the last 2012 on the shelf among plenty of 2013 bottles.  The fellow at La Bodega bottle shop told me it was the preferred vintage, and it was excellent.  I think I enjoyed it more than I did when I was much younger.  I have higher expectations now, and this beer did not disappoint.

Cheers to Juneau, Alaska, the only state capitol not accessible by road, and home to the largest Alaskan brewery!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Smoked Porter by Alaskan Brewing Co Grizzly catching salmon year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 06.23. Smoked Porter by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.